Healthy Weight: Where Should You Be?
The weight obsession and nutrition craze has been everywhere in the media for the past few years.
Every day we encounter a world wind of magazines, TV shows, our friends and our family telling us how important it is to maintain a healthy weight. So naturally, that’s what we all strive for.
The first step to find out if you’re at a healthy weight is to determine your body mass index (BMI)
In order to know which way your weight needs to go—up or down—you need to calculate your BMI and your waist size so you can determine your starting point.
A healthy weight is a number that is right for your body type and height, but determined by your BMI and waist size.
If your BMI is less than 18.5, you would be placed in the underweight category. Consult your doctor or one of our Registered Dieticians who will be able to educate you on healthy weight gain and help get you back to a healthy weight for your body.
If you’re BMI is 25-to-29.9 that means you are in the overweight category. But rest assured, this may or may not be unhealthy, depending on other factors, like your waist size and other health problems you may or may not have. Consult your doctor to learn what your healthy weight should be.
If your BMI is 30 or higher, you are in the obese category. This isn’t the end of the world. A healthy weight is not unrealistic. It’s just going to take a lot of sweat, determination and motivation. Our Registered Dieticians are always here to help and our diet food programs may be worth looking into as well.
If you’re interested in our healthy diet meal entrees, we have two programs to choose from. After you select the men or women’s program, you have the option to receive five-or-seven-days’ worth of delicious entrees from our meal delivery service. They range from $130-$160 and you have the option to include EATS, our essential and tasty snacks. It’s $1.50 per snack. Women receive two snacks per day and men receive three snacks per day.
What other factors determine a healthy weight?
Your Waist size:
Your BMI is only one measurement of your health. BMI charts can get tricky because a person who is not a “normal” weight according to those charts may be healthy if he or she has healthy eating habits and exercises regularly. Remember, thin people who don’t exercise aren’t necessarily healthy just because they’re thin.
Measuring your waist can help you find out how much fat your body has stored around your belly. Try measuring your waist with a tape measure. The tape should fit snugly, but not press into your skin.
For most people a healthy weight means:
A waist size of less than 40 inches for men and less than 35 inches for women is ideal.
If, after measuring your waist size, you find that you are indeed underweight, overweight or obese—consult your doctor. You could have a condition related to your weight that’s causing you to be underweight, overweight or obese. In the meantime, however, you should begin making strides toward a healthy weight for your body. Start by eating healthy. You don’t have anything to lose. Try one of our diet food programs or consult one of our Registered Dieticians. We’d love to help you reach your goals.